The 2008 election is likely to have a record number of voters, and as a consequence, results have come in a steady trickle. Early results have held true as more and more votes have been counted -- until now.

Hesperia Unified School District school board candidate Anthony Riley has moved up from third to second place with results released at 11:53 a.m. Wednesday by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters, supplanting candidate Chris Lindsay.

With 48 out of 60 HUSD precincts reporting, Riley now has 20 percent of the total votes, as does Lindsay, but with 229 votes separating them. Riley still trails front-runner Chris Bentley, who has 24 percent of the vote, and a comfortable 1,185-vote lead over Riley. This year in Hesperia, only the top two vote-getters in the school board and city council races matter: There is no seat available for the candidate who comes in third.

In the city council race, Mayor Mike Leonard and Planning Commissioner Paul Bosacki still hold onto their leads by a comfortable margin, 26 and 23 percent of the vote, respectively, with 36 out of 40 precincts reporting. Their rivals, Mark Kirk and Russ Blewett, are almost 2,000 votes behind Bosacki, with 16 percent of the vote each, and 77 votes separating Kirk from Blewett.

In the Mojave Water Agency board of directors races, incumbent Richard Hall appears to have his race for the Division 3 seat sewn up, with 49 percent of the vote and 40 out of 44 precincts reporting. His two challengers, Brian Pierce and Nancy Siegrist, have only 69 more votes than Hall does between them, and have split the vote, taking 33 and 16 percent of the votes cast.

In the race for the Division 7 seat, challenger Doug Shumway likewise seems to be all but a lock, having garnered 72 percent of the vote, with 25 of 31 precincts reporting, turning out two-term incumbent Dick Fortyune in the process.

The next set of election results is due to be released at 1 p.m. by the registrar of voters.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.